Films About Politics, Imperialism, War And Police States

How I rated a particular film and a link to the IMDB profile can be found in the full list.


“A dead girl or a live boy”: Smart Films about American Politics

  1. Advise and Consent
  2. All the King’s Men (The Original)
  3. All the President’s Men
  4. The Best Man
  5. Bob Roberts
  6. City of Hope
  7. The Candidate
  8. True Colors
  9. Waking the Dead

“God Save the Queen!”: Portraits of English Imperialism

  1. ‘Breaker’ Morant
  2. Gandhi
  3. Khartoum
  4. The Hill
  5. Lawrence of Arabia
  6. The Man Who Would Be King
  7. White Mischief
  8. Zulu

“The Troubles”: The Irish Republican Army on Film

  1. The Boxer
  2. The Crying Game
  3. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  4. Five Minutes of Heaven
  5. Hidden Agenda
  6. The Informer
  7. The Long Good Friday
  8. Michael Collins
  9. In the Name of the Father
  10. Odd Man Out
  11. ‘71

Treading Carefully: Great Films about Life under Military Dictatorships and Juntas

  1. The Devil’s Backbone
  2. Hotel Rwanda
  3. Kiss of the Spider Woman
  4. The Last King of Scotland
  5. Marshland
  6. Men with Guns
  7. Missing
  8. Pan’s Labyrinth
  9. The Road to Guantanamo
  10. Salvador
  11. The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall
  12. Two Deaths
  13. Under Fire

“Killroy was here”: Great WWII Films

  1. The Big Red One
  2. Bridge on the River Kwai
  3. Cross of Iron
  4. Das Boot
  5. Hell in the Pacific
  6. King Rat
  7. Midnight Clear
  8. Shindler’s List
  9. Soldier of Orange

Which Side are You On?: Great Films about Going Under Cover

  1. Donnie Brasco
  2. The Experiment
  3. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  4. Gattaca
  5. The Molly Maguires
  6. Prince of the City
  7. The Return of Martin Guerre
  8. Running on Empty
  9. The Salton Sea
  10. Serpico
  11. Somersby
  12. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  13. State of Grace
  14. The Stranger

Making for the Fence: Great POW Films

  1. As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me
  2. Bridge on the River Kwai
  3. Brothers (2004)
  4. The Deer Hunter
  5. King Rat
  6. Paradise Road
  7. Prisoners of the Sun
  8. The Railway Man
  9. Rescue Dawn
  10. Stalag 17

“Yes, Sir!”: Vivid Portraits of Military Mentalities

  1. Apocalypse Now
  2. Bridge on the River Kwai
  3. The Caine Mutiny
  4. Coriolanus (2012)
  5. Cross of Iron
  6. Dr. Strangelove
  7. Fail-Safe
  8. Full Metal Jacket
  9. The Great Santini
  10. The Hill
  11. The Hurt Locker
  12. The Messenger
  13. Mutiny on the Bounty
  14. An Officer and a Gentleman
  15. Paths of Glory
  16. Patton
  17. Punishment Park
  18. The Road to Guantanamo
  19. Seven Days in May
  20. The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall
  21. Tunes of Glory
  22. Too Late the Hero

Give Peace a Chance: Great Anti-War Films

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front
  2. The Americanization of Emily
  3. Brothers (2004)
  4. Brothers (2009)
  5. Cross of Iron
  6. How I Won the War
  7. Johnny Got His Gun
  8. No Man’s Land

“When they came for…”: Great Films about the Holocaust

  1. Adam Resurrected
  2. Aftermath
  3. Bent
  4. The Counterfeiters
  5. Everything is Illuminated
  6. Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  7. Labyrinth of Lies
  8. The Night Porter
  9. The Pawnbroker
  10. The Pianist
  11. Shindler’s List
  12. Sophie’s Choice
  13. Triumph of the Spirit

Rocking the Boat: Great Films about Ships and Mutinies

  1. Billy Budd
  2. The Caine Mutiny
  3. Damn the Defiant!
  4. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  5. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
  6. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)